Monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people on Easter Island in eastern Polynesia between the years 1250 and 1500. Nearly half are still at Rano Raraku, the main moai quarry.
Moai have overly large heads three-eighths the size of the whole statue. The moai are chiefly the living faces of deified ancestors.
The statues still gazed inland across their clan lands when Europeans first visited the island in 1722.
The moai were toppled in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, possibly as a result of European contact or internecine tribal wars.
Featured Image: Moai statues in a row, Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island / Image: arstechnica.com